Clarion Collection Hotel Amanda3.5 out of 5.0
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Location is superb, right at the harbor area in walking distance to everything you need. We stayed in a delux room, loved the chairs and the view. But you don't stay here if you are looking for a peaceful night as the sound from bars & nightlife is impossible to ignore.
It is a quiet, and nice hotel with nice and quiet rooms that are clean. Ther personel was very helpful and the breakfast was good in a qiuet and nice resturant. The walk outsinde the hotel is also very nice
This is a nice hotel, located directly the harbor of Haugesund. It's several restaurants just few meters away. The room is a superior and it is ok. No room bar, which I find very strange. The hallways are decorated with pictures of several Amanda nominated movies, which is a pointer to the movie festival in Haugesund. The room and rest of the hotel are clean and nice. Parking is in the hotels garage, so no worries there. Nice personnel too. What really disappoints me with this hotel. Is that they do not accept cash payments (Norwegian cash that is). They only accept card payments. This is not a big deal perhaps, but in Norway there are NO business that can reject cash as payment for a service. Cash printed by the Norwegian central bank, is a legal way of payment by law in Norway. There are no reason for the management of this hotel to reject cash payment, even though also other hotels in this chain do the same, while others accept cash. I have been told by another hotel in this chain to pay only with card, but they turned when I told them it was not allowed to reject cash. This hotel would not turn, so we will see what will be done with this. And to clarify, I will pay with card even though it is not the right thing as long as I wanted to pay with cash. I will choose another hotel next time I am in Haugesund.
The Clarion Amanda is really rather awful. The entrance is dull and unwelcoming, as are the staff who seem disinterested and are unhelpful. The location is reasonable but this comes with the drawback of noise on both sides of the building from surrounding restaurants and clubs. It appears that the alleyway behind the hotel is one of Norway's top boxing venues. Once that's woken you up, there's little chance of freshening up for the morning ahead thanks to the lack of tea and coffee (or any toiletries for that matter). The rooms seem devoid of any useful amenities that can really make a stay feel much better and distract from other shortcomings. All in all, exceptionally underwhelming.
The Amanda is really just a bit miserable. There's no welcome, because there don't seem to be any reception staff, just waitresses from the adjacent bar who will come and check you in once they've taken a stack of plates back to the kitchen or cleared a table, or served some fish and chips - which was the all-pervading smell when we arrived. Rooms are adequate and well furnished, but ours was too hot, with no apparent climate control (there was a knob with some numbers on it in the bathroom, but I think that was just for show). The bedroom window was self-closing, but if you shove a cushion into the gap, you can get some air in. No toiletries. No tea or coffee. So far, so ordinary. But then there's the noise. If you want to stay awake from say 1am to around 3am then ask for a room at the back, because this is where the loudest outdoor bar in Norway is situated. I guess that's not a problem on a cold or wet night, but in the summer it's just horrible. Oddly, drunk Norwegians seem to swear in English (or the perhaps they were tourists). Anyway, after a couple of fights it quietened down and we got some sleep. Breakfast was ok, but nothing more - certainly not a patch on other Norwegian hotels we have experienced. And the check-out was even less whelming than the check in. No one on duty (at peak check-out time), no one seemingly interested in this essential part of running a hotel. So we asked a waitress, who promised to find someone, but didn't. 10 minutes later we asked again and were sent perfunctorily on our way, without anyone asking whether we had enjoyed our stay. Perhaps they already knew the answer and were embarrassed. There are lots of other hotels in Haugesund.
We have been travelling widely recently and stayed at many hotels, some very expensive and most mid-range. The Amanda is the best of them including the very expensive ones. It's almost impossible to describe how good it is. But here are a few of its advantages anyway. 1. The wifi is available throughout the hotel and is very fast. 2. The bathrooms come with many towels and even wash clothes. 3. It has separate bottles for shampoo, body wash, and conditioner. 4. The breakfast has an exceedingly wide choice of items, including one of my favorite, Italians salat, which I have not seen elsewhere. (In spite of its name, its a Norwegian speciality.) As shown in the attached picture (hopefully), our room had a really nice view of the river at no extra charge. 5. The garage is adjacent to the hotel and the charge is reasonably (again by Norwegian standards). I am only sorry we can't stay here longer. Try it. You'll like it.
I would have to say the location of this hotel is great. Right in the middle of downtown, on the water...walking distance to great resaturaunts, etc. And probably the best location in town! The staff was also very helpful and friendly, and the aforementioned is why I am giving this 3 stars. The reasons as to why it's not 5 stars is this...the location, although in the heart of bars, is very loud...music going on until 3AM. We asked the front desk if we could get a waterfront room and she suggested not to, as it's so loud and remained in our original room. We stayed Wednesday with a checkout on Sunday AM and Thursday through Friday starting around 11PM -2AM, it was loud! Also, our room, although nice as it was located at the end of the hall, was in the corner, but the wall to ceiling wall of windows faced the alley and the tattoo parlor, so we kept our windows closed our entire trip for privacy, which was unfortunate, so it was a dark environment. There was parking, 90Kroner per night, at the hotel, when it was available as well. But again, I feel this was probably the best hotel in town, great location and nice staff. Just not our cup of tea.
Nice hotel in a nice location by the sea. Nice rooms with great sleipingene quality. The colleagues working at the hotel are nice and friendly and helps You to get a great day. The breakfast meets all expectations AS a healthy start of the day.
Nice hotel situated in the harbour. Lovely rooms and eveningmeal included. A bit noicy - it was loud music playing in the area untill 3 o'clock in the night and hard to sleep with the window open (a war saturday evening - other days and with cooler weather it would probabljy not be a problem).
We spent almost two weeks at the Amanda hotel in Haugesund. That small city is well sitauted, near Stavanger and Bergen, and cliae to some of Norway's finest mountain attractions. We enjoyed the hotel's free breakfast and dinner when not going to the nearby excellent restaurants (really nearby... many are less than 5 minutes walk!). The desk staff is friendly, helping and pretty!! Only if tbe hotel had a larger parking!!
- Free full breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
- Fitness center
Within a short walk of Haugesund Town Hall, Clarion Collection Hotel Amanda is within 2 miles (3 km) of Haraldshaugen. This 102-room, 3.5-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and a fitness center. In central Haugesund, the hotel is also within a 30-minute drive of St Olav's Church and Hoyevarde Lighthouse.
Start your day off right with a free full breakfast offered each morning. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.
Clarion Collection Hotel Amanda's 102 rooms provide coffee makers and free weekday newspapers. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi.
At Clarion Collection Hotel Amanda, guests have access to a fitness center, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. Helpful staff can provide dry cleaning/laundry services, tour or ticket assistance, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Additional amenities include coffee/tea in a common area and laundry facilities.
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88% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 401 reviews